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Feel free to browse our current frequently asked questions below.  If you can not find your answer, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Sustainable Clark 508-793-7601

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Frequently Asked Questions

Please read the short Recycling Guidelines,  or the longer version!

Clark is currently in transition from separated recycling to single-stream recycling. So the answer is: it depends!

In most buildings there are separate bins for paper and co-mingle (metal/plastic/glass), or stations with separate slots for each type of recyclable material. As we can afford it, we will be switching bins toward single-stream, in which paper can be combined with EMPTY, DRY plastic metal or glass containers. Please follow the signs or labels on the bins as we transition.

Either way, the goal is to not put liquids in any recycling bin! Many containers or cups still contain a small amount of liquid when empty. When liquids get onto recyclable paper, the paper is considered “dirty,” and will be rejected as trash by most domestic paper mills.

Most campus buildings are scheduled for weekly pickup. Call Facilities Management 508-793-7601 for emergency pickup or to check when your building is scheduled.

Sure! Campus Services can deliver an extra bin or two on request for clean outs and other needs. Submit a Work Request, found on the Facilities Management webpage.

In residence halls and houses, custodians empty recyclables into bags and store the full bags in another part of the building until the scheduled pickup day. In offices, custodians empty trash and recycling from a centralized area. The recycling is generally taken to each building’s consolidated recycling bins for weekly pickup by the Recycling Crew, while landfill is brought to the nearest dumpster or compactor. If you truly believe the recyclables are being thrown away, please contact us so that we can address the issue appropriately.

Contact Facilities Management 508-793-7601. We provide offices with desk side recycle bins and Tiny Trash bins when available. Other bins are subject to budgeting, but please contact us before purchasing bins on your own so that we can ensure they will meet campus standards and be compatible with our collection abilities.

As of 2018, Clark’s paper, cardboard, single stream and co-mingled recycling is picked up by our contracted service provider, Republic Services. They take it to a single-stream facility (called an Materials Recovery Facility, or MRF), where it is sorted into commodities and sold on the open market. Clark’s electronic recycling is picked up by PC Survivors. They process it here in MA.

From 1984- 2018 Clark’s recyclable clean paper and cardboard  was picked up by E.L.Harvey, a local recycling service who would process it here in MA and sell it to local paper mills. The market for recyclables has changed, and Clark has changed with it.

Most empty pizza boxes also include grease and cheese, both of which are considered contaminants when mixed with recyclable paper.  Please refrain from placing soiled pizza boxes in recycling bins.

All containers should be empty, and food containers should be rinsed clean whenever possible. Please remember that sticky or dirty containers can generate odor as well as attract insects and/or rodents. Plus the student Recycling Crew handles all of the recycling -please recycle with respect.

We cannot provide or even save boxes, they are flattened and recycled as soon as they are picked up from a building.

Contact Jenny Isler, Assistant Director of Facilities for Sustainability . Or Facilities Management, 508-793-7566.

For more information on recycling in Massachusetts, RecycleSmart is the place to go!

Contact Information

Sustainable Clark

Mailing Address:
  • Clark University
    950 Main Street
    Worcester, MA 01610
  • Office Location:
    Facilities Management (Gates House)
    501 Park Avenue
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